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An Early Beardless Jesus with Short Hair

October 7, 2014 4 comments

Christ looks very different from later depictions:
he has no beard, his hair is not too long and he is wearing a philosopher’s toga

BBC is reporting:

Archaeologists in Spain say they have found one of the world’s earliest known images of Jesus. It is engraved on a glass plate dating back to the 4th Century AD, reports from Spain say.

The plate is believed to have been used to hold Eucharistic bread as it was consecrated in early Christian rituals. It measures 22cm in diameter and fragments of it were unearthed outside the southern Spanish city of Linares, ABC newspaper reports.

Scientists working for the FORVM MMX project found it inside a building used for religious worship in what remains of the ancient town of Castulo. The find made scientists "review the chronology of early Christianity in Spain", FORVM MMX project director Marcelo Castro told El Mundo newspaper.

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El Mundo notes that Christ looks very different from later depictions: he has no beard, his hair is not too long and he is wearing a philosopher’s toga.

There is quite a bit on the FORVM MMX project Facebook timeline running back to September 30; There is a link to a YouTube uploaded October 1.

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